Rockwood Music Hall Celebrates 15 Years on the Lower East Side

Posted on: January 8th, 2020 at 5:12 am by

Ben Harper and his mother, April 2014

To commemorate fifteen big ones in the neighborhood, a month-long birthday bash will commence at Rockwood Music Hall next month.

The Allen Street venue first opened its doors in 2005 and has seen the likes of Amos Lee, Elle King, Lady Gaga, The Lumineers, Matisyahu, Norah Jones, Sara Bareilles, Ben Harper, and Sting with The Last Bandoleros, on its stage. Five years later, it annexed the adjacent space for Stage 2; then in 2012, Rockwood expanded into the base of the hotel next door, and launched Stage 3.

Through it all, the space has been a mainstay for artists in the in the early stages of their musical careers, and remains one of the few places left on the Lower East Side for indie live music.

“From the beginning, we chose to focus on the artist’s experience within the venue, and to support artists before, during and after their show,” owner Ken Rockwood said in a statement. “I believe this is what has established our success and allows us to continue to offer amazing shows to the live music lovers of New York City and visitors from around the world.”

Anniversary performances at Rockwood Music Hall will span the month of February and include a plethora of returning acts from the venue’s history.  Several nights have also been earmarked for special guests to be announced. Tickets go on sale this Friday (January 10) at 10am. Full lineup here.

Recent Stories

Adam Schlesinger, Fountains of Wayne Cofounder, Dies of Coronavirus Complications

Adam Schlesinger – whose infectious melodies with Fountains of Wayne, as well as That Thing You Do! endeared himself to a generation – died yesterday morning from complications due to coronavirus. The Emmy Award-winning songwriter was 52. His condition the day before yesterday was reported by his attorney of 25 years as “very sick and heavily […]

Daily Clap: Cheering for COVID-19 First Responders

Since last week, city dwellers confined at home have been applauding first responders in the fight against COVID-19. Each evening at 7:00pm, a citywide round of applause commences. Windows open, balconies fill, and hands emerge. Clapping – or banging pots and pans – for the tireless, selfless work of first responders on the front lines […]

Cuomo Shutters All NYC Playgrounds as COVID-19 Threat Intensifies

It’s finally happened, and this is why we can’t have nice things. All New York City playgrounds are closed to the public to promote “social distancing” during the COVID-19 shutdown. The order comes from Governor Andrew Cuomo, who circumvented Mayor de Blasio on the decision. Hizzoner had not yet ordered closed the playgrounds, but did […]

New 12-Story Development to Rise Across from Essex Crossing on Ludlow Street

Nevermind the pandemic at the doorstep, more development must happen on the Lower East Side. New construction permits were filed this week for a twelve-story mid-block development directly across from the International School of Photography. The property in question is 89-91 Ludlow Street, two parcels which last year changed hands for $12.3 million. The filing […]

Emergency Rehab of Burned-out 70 Mulberry Street Resumes

Chinatown, and the city at large, is increasingly becoming a ghost town, devoid of pedestrians and traffic. Yet, despite the COVID-19 shutdown, work continues at the former PS23, where a devastating five-alarm fire gutted its top floors in January. The project site is apparently considered an emergency, and granted an exception to Governor Cuomo’s executive […]